Welcome to the official website of the Pekin Bicentennial Celebration! As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of our town's founding, we are reminded of the rich history and the pioneer spirit that have shaped our community over the years. From the first settlers who courageously ventured into the unknown and built their homes along the Illinois River, to the present-day residents who continue to nurture and grow our town, we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have contributed to our town's success. This website is dedicated to honoring our past, celebrating our present, and envisioning our future. Join us in a year long celebration as we explore the fascinating story of our town's journey from its humble beginnings to the thriving community it is today.See Pekin's History
About The Pekin Bicentennial Committee
Made up of volunteers from various organizations including the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dirksen Congressional Center, Pekin Main Street, Pekin Public School District 108, Pekin High School District 303, the Pekin Park District, the Pekin Civic Chorus, Artistic Community Theatre of Pekin, Lakeside Cemetery Association, the Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society, the Pekin Public Library, and others.
To plan, organize and conduct a multifaceted and multi-generational celebration of Pekin, it’s 200 year history and the people that defined it.
We will solicit participation through a diverse collection of public and private groups, hosting an event monthly, structured around a central community gathering. We will share the history of our collective past, encourage citizens to discover the story of their family’s past, and point out the power of our possibilities for a better future.
January 19th, 2024
Monthly - Beginning March 23rd, 2024
April 14th, 2024
Beginning April, 2024
Pekin Civic Chorus
June 15th, 2024
July 4th Honor America Celebration
July 4th, 2024
July 6th, 2024
Pekin Municipal Band
July 7th, 2024
September 5th-8th, 2024
Christmas On Court
December 6th, 2024
Friends In Harmony
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Welcome to “The Mighty Dragon of Pekin”! I created this site as a way to promote the City of Pekin and sell some of the 3D printed items I’ve made for that purpose. 2024 is not only the Bicentennial Year for Pekin, but also the Year of the Dragon!